Hornish out at Penske

The struggle to find Sam Hornish Jr sponsorship to run the Nationwide schedule appears to have been abandoned. Hornish was already out of the #77 ride at the Sprint Cup level but there appeared to a chance he would run the full slate of Nationwide races in the #12 following the release of Justin Allgaier.

It’s unclear how much effort was actually put into finding sponsorship for Hornish on the Nationwide Series as of the two drivers Allgaier appeared to be the hotter commodity following a forth place finish in the series last year.

There had also been a chance that Hornish would show up in the #77 to run the first five races of the 2011 Sprint schedule but that also has been put aside. According to Fox Sports the #77 Cup crew as well as the #12 Nationwide crew were merged with the #22 Nationwide and #2 Cup crews to provide support for driver Brad Keselowski in 2011.

Hornish was a three time IZOD Indy Car Champion (2001, 2002, 2006)  who won 19 races in the series. His run at NASCAR wasn’t so well as he managed just 8 top-10’s in 108 races spread over 4 years at the Cup level. He finished 29th in Cup points in 2010.

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